Set in contemporary Singapore, Jared Poon‘s action-packed and heartwarming debut, City of Others was successfully obtained by Orbit in both the UK and US.

In the sunny city of Singapore, the government takes care of everything – even the weird stuff.

Overworked and underpaid, Benjamin Toh is the middle manager in the Department for Engagement of Unusual Stakeholders (DEUS), tasked with looking after supernatural occurrences and people. When an entire block of flats goes missing in the town of Clementi, the information needed to prevent another catastrophe lies in pasar bayang the shadow markets. However, the demigod protector has not forgiven their humiliation by Singapore authorities decades ago. Whilst juggling his senior management’s demands, an elderly father, a new boyfriend and keeping his team out of trouble, Ben needs to wrestle his government’s legacy and the whispers of his own insecurities. He has to navigate urban and fantastical landscapes inside the soul and outside the real world, all so he can just do his goddamn job.

Literary Agent, Maddy Belton who specialises in SFF and sold World English rights commented that City of Others is a “fresh and glorious take on urban fantasy” and how Jared’s voice captivated her “from the very first page”.

Senior commissioning editor, Emily Byron who acquired UK Commonwealth rights  from Zoe Morgan-Weinman at the Hachette Book Group USA, shared the book is “filled with wonder, magic, adventure and heart” and a “pure delight to read”.

With World English rights acquired by associate editor, Angelica Chong, she added how she was “so impressed by the way Jared’s captured the rich, vibrant culture and bureaucratic absurdity of the Singapore I know and love.”

And author Jared said writing the book was “my way of rediscovering wonder for myself, […] excavating enchantment from places and jobs and lives that I’ve been told are supposed to be boring.”

City of Others is set to publish in spring 2026 and also features workplace found family, queer romance, and supernatural creatures from Southeast Asian lore. We’re looking forward to readers to get their hands on this urban fantasy! Read the full article here.